UN special envoy to Yemen meets with officials in Riyadh

This comes after a meeting with the UAE's foreign minister

epa06639061 UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffith gives a news conference prior to his departure at the Sana'a International Airport, in Sana'a, Yemen, 31 March 2018. According to reports, UN special envoy Martin Griffiths left Sana'a after a week-long visit, in diplomatic efforts to end a three-year escalating conflict between the Saudi-led coalition-backed Yemen's government and Houthi militias.  EPA/YAHYA ARHAB
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UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, met with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, Adel Al Jubeir, in Riyadh on Wednesday.

Mr Griffiths, who replaced Mauritania's Ould Cheikh Ahmed in February, is looking to present a peace plan to the UN within two months to end the three-year conflict in Yemen.

He has warned against military escalation saying it could take peace "off the table".

But last week, the Saudi-led coalition confirmed the death of Al Sammad, the Houthi Supreme Political Council leader, who served as second in command of the Houthi rebel group.

The meeting comes after talks with Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, who met with Mr Griffiths this week.

The two discussed political developments in Yemen and efforts to reach a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are part of the Arab coalition that intervened on behalf of the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi.


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